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Pugh (Alexander F.) Papers

(Mss. 354)



Size: .25 linear feet (7 manuscript volumes, 3 transcript volumes, and 11 manuscript items).

Locations: Louisiana.

Languages: English.

Bulk Dates: 1850-1852, 1859-1863, 1865.

Summary: Plantation diaries of Alexander Franklin Pugh, a planter in Assumption and Lafourche parishes.

Related: Alexander Franklin Pugh Papers, University of Texas at Austin.

Citation: Alexander Franklin Pugh Papers, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Franklin Pugh (1819-1883) was the son of Cynthia (ca. 1799-1860) and Augustin (1783-1853) Pugh and the grandson of William Scott Pugh of Bertie County, N.C. Augustin Pugh (1783-1853), with his brother Whitmell Hill (1781-1834) and half-brother Thomas (1796-1852), moved to Louisiana around 1820. They initially settled along Bayou Teche near Franklin, where they raised sugarcane. Later, the brothers moved closer to New Orleans and settled along Bayou Lafourche.

Pugh was part owner and manager of Augustin, Bellevue, Boatner, New Hope, and Whitmell plantations on Bayou Lafourche in Assumption and Lafourche parishes. He married Ellen Mary Boatner (1832-1909) in 1851. They lived on Boatner Plantation.

[Additional information can be found in Barnes F. Lathrop, The Pugh Plantations, 1860-1865 (Ph.D., Univ. of Texas at Austin, 1945) and Philip D. Uzee, The Lafourche Country: 69, 235-37.]

Summary and Scope Note

Exclusively diaries of Alexander Franklin Pugh, planter in Assumption and Lafourche parishes.

Entries describe weather conditions, harvesting and yield of crops, water levels on Bayou Lafourche, behavior and health of slaves, Civil War news, economic conditions, and distribution of profits of W. H. Pugh & Company, a family partnership. The 1863 volume also contains entries for January 1-10, 1864. The 1865 volume records Pugh's payroll accounts for his former slaves, with his observations on their dissatisfaction with wages and unwillingness to work.

Additional papers, including the diaries for 1853-1858, 1864, and 1866-1879, of A. Franklin Pugh are housed in the Barker Texas History Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Index Terms

Bayou Lafourche (La.)
Farm management--Louisiana
Louisiana--Climate--Personal narratives--19th century
Louisiana--Economic conditions--19th century
Plantation life--Louisiana--Assumption Parish--19th century
Plantation life--Louisiana--Lafourche Parish--19th century
Pugh, Alexander Franklin, 1819-1883
Pugh, W. H. and Company
Slaveholders--Louisiana--19th century
Sugar growing--Louisiana--19th century
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal
        narratives, Confederate
Container List

Box 1 Diaries, 1850-1852, 1859-1865 (7 manuscript volumes, 3 transcript volumes, and 11 manuscript items)